Sea Eagle 473rl Inflatable Kayaks and Canoe Reviews

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F C Verified Owner 1/3/2021 4.0 out of 5 stars.

I paddle surfskis and high-end sea kayaks. I wanted a tandem that I could handle by myself when I go out with my kids, so a heavy poly boat wouldn't work. I am impressed by the 473rl performance. Great boat, durable construction, setup takes less than 10 minutes with an electric pump. Exceeded my expectations.

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I bought an used one that was like new other than for some scuffs. Delivery was on time even during the pandemic chaos.

The not so good:

- The included paddles are too heavy and too long. Invest in a good lightweight paddles to improve your experience.

- It lacks a handle around the middle of the kayak to be carried by a single person on land. I am improvising with a strap.

- The older version had seat hooks and pegs for solo paddling. The new one switched that by better footpegs. It is still possible to go solo, but the seat attachment is funky and no footpegs.

- It's very hard to put the kayak back in the backpack. Not a big deal as it usually goes from car trunk to water directly.

Mauricio Mesa Verified Owner 10/27/2020 4.0 out of 5 stars.

I love this kayak, there is only one thing that will make you hate it at first, that being the foot rest or Flex-brace system as they call it. So, if you find yourself setting up your kayak in 10 just minutes but spending 20 minutes or more installing or removing the aluminum rods from the feet flex-brace don't panic, after cutting my fingers trying to do so I contacted SeaEagle, they suggested to cut half a cm of each rod which makes the task easier, now you know. Besides this the kayak is great, quick set-up, with their car electric pump it takes 5 minutes to inflate. Glides easily and fast on the water. It's on the shaky side, so it takes a bit to get your balance, if you're a nervous person better pick a wider one like the Fast-track or explorer models. As for the looks, you'll never think is inflatable, it's fun when people see you deflating it in 5 seconds before start folding it. It's on the heavy side, hard for just one person to carry, so I got a cart for it. The carrying bag should be bigger.

Yves Bergevin Verified Owner 10/9/2020 5.0 out of 5 stars.

We have used the 473 RazorLite for one year now and it is truly wonderful. It is the fastest inflatable kayak we have ever used, is nearly as fast as a hard shell kayak, tracks superbly and will accommodate 2 people with gear. We have used it in varying conditions, including 3-foot waves and winds to 20 knots. For training and safety, we have tested re-entry in 3-foot waves; it is easy to re-enter the boat if capsized (we recommend attaching the boat to your life jacket with a rope if there is heavy wind so that you are not separated from the boat, and having leashes for your paddles and scupper, the latter to remove the remaining water). In order to be fast, it has to be narrow (30 inches) and so it is a bit less stable than wide slower kayaks; you get to appreciate the speed and ease of paddle from its narrow hull. It is wonderfully light and easy to carry / portage. It folds easily and fits neatly in its bag opening endless possibilities beyond those of hardshell kayaks. Highly recommended.

Chaturi Edrisinha Verified Owner 8/4/2020 2.0 out of 5 stars.

Received our 473rl. Tracks well and set up wasn't too bad with the manual pump. However, after we pumped it up for the first time we noticed an obvious defect in the drop stitch. There is a bulge on the side of the boat. See pic. Very upset. Sent sea eagle an email and no response. It's been two weeks. I definitely don't want this to get worse. Agree with the other reviewer that sand tracks on the bottom and it's difficult to rinse off. There was also an issue with one of the paddles the locking mechanism didn't pop and we had to grind it out with a tool to make it work. Not too much of an issue but clearly there's quality control problems. Customer service had a huge wait time. Hopefully, someone will contact us soon.

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Pros.

Lightweight and portable

Easy setup

Tracks well

Cons.

Worried about the bulge on the side and the durability

Splash skirt needs to be longer

Need some bungees and D rings to attach stuff

Foot rest design needs improvement. Difficult to put in and take off.

Sea Eagle's reply:

Thank you for your review, it appears that our customer service team has been in contact with you. This bulge is perfectly safe and is where the valve is located.

We would like to assist you with any of your other needs. Please contact us anytime.